In southern Japan there is an island called Okinawa. Ryukyu is the previous name of this island before the Japanese invaded in the 17th century.

During World War Ⅱ, Okinawa was sacrificed to protect the Japanese mainland. At that time, the majority Okinawans were Japanised in an education system, forcefully taught a loyalty to Japanese Emperor. In 1945 the U.S. brutally invaded Okinawa — the ”Storm of Iron" — and took the lives of 1 out of 4 Okinawan people.

From 1945 to 1972, the island was ruled by the US Military government. Okinawa became a lawless area. In 1972, the island was returned to Japanese hands.

In July, 2014, both the Japanese and US governments started the construction of a new U.S. military base to have a new base in Henoko, although 20% of the island is already occupied by US Bases. Henoko is the site of beautiful Oura bay. The government plans to landfill Oura bay, an area of unusual of marine bio-diversity where endangered species live.

In June, 2015 opinion poll shows that 80% of Okinawan people oppose the construction of the base. In protest, the people have built a permanent community of tents in front of Camp Schwab, a US Marine Corps base, and we are there every day around the clock. Opposition includes the prefectural government of Okinawa and many national and local representatives in Okinawa are our side.

On 13th、October, 2015
A governor of Okinawa revoked a permission of reclamation which was signed by Previous governor.

The dispute over the new U.S.base's construction in Henoko between Tokyo & Okinawa is set to develop into a court battle.

4th March, 2016
the government of Japan and the Okinawa prefectural government reached a settle ment for lawsuits filed over the plan move U.S.Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko.

At the moment, All constructions in Henoko has stopped.
Until the Japanese Government violently restart again.

11th July 2016
While the Henoko is stop, Japanese government suddenly re-started TAKAE helipads Construction.
More than 500 riot police has been sent from main land.
Beautiful Rain forest's village has become a chaotic situation.

The determined people won't give up.

This blog is to spread the message and to tell the story of our non-violent daily action.


2016年7月2日土曜日

Henoko Genaration Gap !?

Every morning except Sunday at 9 a.m. 10 to 50 people gathered in front of Camp Schwab.
Almost all of them know each other. Their ages are mainly over 60's & 70's.

I tell you this is not negative campaign but I mean where are young people ?
I know that young people are busy for their life, but I don't see very very few numbers of them here.

I think Henoko movement is not fascinating young people.


In this few days, I met students at Henoko & Takae. I saw that they could not be a part of protesting people. They kind of stayed away from the crowd.

Many elders are wanting to have more young people at Henoko movement but I didn't see both young & elders communicate.


                                To attract more young people, What Do we need ?


the Blue Sky, the White Clouds, Green Trees. Good mix isn't it ? First session is maybe not easy to harmonize. But when the time goes... so we just need first step to come together.


Elders enjoy with their style. I know that for young people, it's not for their style. So how we come together...

I ask you who watch this blog, to write me any advice.

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